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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 15, 2011 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help a tech-challenged sister out!

thanks elbow and bolt. have to play around... both look promising. Of course, this means a several step process - DL, convert FLAC to aiff, then convert to ALAC. Do folks keep all these files, or pitch out the FLAC when done?

Current settings (iTunes prefs) for CD import are AAC Encoder. Following up on your post - import to iTunes first, or change this pref to ALAC before import of the converted aiff's?

Also this brings up a more general question - how does everyone here listen to all this digital music? Is everyone burning disks of their dl's so they can be played on the home stereo or car stereo? (The Apple solution would be to get the Airport and stream this digitally to the home stereo.) I'm currently doing 99% of my listening at the computer (Logitech THX with a big sub-woofer) or iPod, since I never got around to replacing the analog home stereo. Love to hear about everyone's sound system.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 15, 2011 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help a tech-challenged sister out!

Yes i think you could just change your itunes import to ALAC and that would do the trick. I think the import is for playlists, i never have used it for this. I usually just add the AIFFs to the library using Add To Library and then convert in ALAC in itunes and then delete the AIFFs.

As for keeping files, if i convert to ALAC and/or mp3 i chuck the AIFF files since they are the biggest. You can burn discs from ALAC just fine. I try to keep the FLACs as they are good for trading purposes. Of course this means more LaCie 2TB external disc drives and the risk of divorce.

How do i listen? ipod (mp3 and alac), iphone (aac to save space), computer hooked to speakers at work or home. For commercial releases i rip them for all of these however I also listen to those CDs in my truck. There was that one time i had to hear how the 24 bit version of the latest Charlie Miller transfer of 4-29-71 sounded asap but had to run some errands and go to work so i plugged my notebook computer into the aux of my pickup truck. Sounded great especially the best H2H ever, but was a little nervous of having to hit the brakes.